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Live Music in Naples


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This season we’ve enjoyed listening to a number of great musicians performing around Naples.  Here are a few of my favorites:  I always learn a lot listening to Dan Heck‘s guitar trio at Alto on Thursdays, the same venue where you can hear Dan Miller on Saturdays.  Mike Blasucci and Bob Zottola play at Freds.  The lobby of the Ritz is a great place to listen to live music – Steve Uscher and then the Jerry Stawski trio on Fridays.  Follow the links to their calendars and enjoy some live music in Naples!

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Martin Luther King talks about music


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The new film, Selma, has reminded us all of Dr. King’s role in civil rights.  But he was also a deep thinker in other areas as well.  He says about music, “For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.  In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.”  Read the whole story on The New Jazz Archive blog.

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New music season in Ann Arbor, new gear!


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Howard and I kick off a new season of jazz duets in Ann Arbor with four gigs at TerryB’s, (click here to see the details)… and some new gear!  Howard will be sporting a brand new <outrageous> fretless six-string bass by F Bass.  Six strings?  Fretless?  Don’t miss this show!  I took the more traditional route with just a regular old jazz guitar,… but this one built by Roger Sadowsky.  And, oh yeah, it’s left-handed.  Both of these instruments were chosen to bring a warmer, woodier sound to our music.  C’mon out and tell us what you think?

Howard's new bass
Howard’s new bass

 

Hal's Sadowsky LS-17
Hal’s Sadowsky LS-17
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Spring gigs start in Ann Arbor this weekend


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We kick off this spring music season Saturday night back at the Main Street Martini Bar and then Sunday afternoon at the Waterhill Music Festival.  For May and June the trio with Howard and George will be performing most Thursdays at Boneheads.  See the “Gigs” page for more details.  ‘hope to see you soon!

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Season Finale


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This coming Saturday at the Quarter Bistro will be the final Ann Arbor performance for the year.  In November the Florida gigs begin.  Saturday’s gig will feature a trio with Howard White on bass on George Eberhardt on drums — that’s different!  I play a lot with both of these guys, but this trio format is a first — and that always makes for a more interesting gig.  Come and join us!

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Tocando, a new trio, plays live jazz around Naples


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Juan Alvarez, Michael Babiarz, Hal Davis

We launched Tocando back around the beginning of the year,… and it’s been a blast!  We’ve been performing about once a week — usually substituting in restaurants around Naples when a regular band needs a night off.

To learn more, check out the “Tocando” page, or look under “Calendar” to see where we’re performing next.

Meditation

 

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How music works


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Julia just send me this link to a New York Times article about how music works.  The author says, “what really communicates emotion may not be melody or rhythm, but moments when musicians make subtle changes to those musical patterns…”   Contributors to the article include Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, and Roseanne Cash in addition to a bunch of academics.  Check it out!

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A dozen new chances to hear live music this spring


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Spring Performance Schedule  OK, here’s something new and different… in May and June Howard White and I will be performing as a duo every Thursday night at the Quarter Bistro from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The full HiDef quartet is breaking into some new territory: come and hear us at the Main Street Martini Bar in Brighton on Saturday May 21.  For more details on these and other dates, please click on “What’s Up (gigs)”

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a thousand bucks!


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Thank you everyone who purchased the new HiDef CD.  In the first 30 days we sold nearly a hundred CD’s that has resulted in more than a thousand dollars donated to Habitat for Humanity.  Thank you!!!

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Hear HiDef on WEMU radio!


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There’s a new way to hear our music!  Listen to WEMU.  Linda Yohn has been playing us in the morning and Evelynn Hawkins on her program in the evening.  “Bungalow”, the title cut from our latest CD has been receiving most of the airplay.  Thanks WEMU!  (BTW, their programming has always been terrific, even before they started playing our new music.  Check their award-winning jazz programming at http://www.wemu.org.)

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Find us on iTunes, CDbaby, Amazon.com


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Our new CD, “Measure Twice, Bungalow Once” is now available for sale at most popular online music stores.  To find us on iTunes, search for the album title or for “HiDef”.  Here are links to our music on Amazon and CDbaby.  You should also be able to find us at Rhapsody, Napster, Verizon, and other places.  (And if you have the opportunity, please, take a moment and write a review.  Thank you!!!)

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Three fun gigs to close out the 2010 season


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Nov 4 – CD release party at the Quarter Bistro

We’ll bring a carton full of our new CD, “Measure Twice, Bungalow Once”.   You could take one home.  (makes a good stocking stuffer?)  Habitat for Humanity will be on hand to accept donations — all of the proceeds from CD sales are being donated to H4H.

Nov 18 – premiere performance at Keystone Underground

The Keystone in Ypsilanti picks up where the Firefly Club left off.  Lots of people, vibes, and even the piano migrated from the Firefly to the Keystone.  Are the rumors true — has Ypsilanti become hipper than Ann Arbor?

Dec 3 – third annual WEMU 5:01 party

This year it’s at Live at PJ’s, just above Goodnight Gracies.  It’s Friday evening from 5 – 7.  Invite friends and call it a holiday party!
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For more details, see “What’s Up”.  We hope to see you soon!
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New CD!


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The new CD is finally finished, mastered and shrink-wrapped!

Somehow, while laboring on this album, we started talking about it like we were building a house, you know, laying the foundation, etc.  And though it might not really make sense, you can see  how we arrived at the name, “Measure Twice, Bungalow Once”.  And consistent with that theme, we’ve decided to donate the proceeds from CD sales to Habitat for Humanity.

Here are a couple songs from the CD.  More samples can be found at Listen up >> HiDef Qtet

Four on Six

Bungalow

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Hal’s pace this summer


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It was a season for deep thinking and introspection,…  (you mean lazy?) This photo, by my old friend, Phil DeVries, tells the whole story.  Read about Phil on Wikipedia.

(Does that posture remind you of a Picasso painting?)

This weekend I attended the Interlochen Guitar Festival (note to guitar players: this is a great event!!! don’t miss it next year), and classical guitarist Brad DeRoche taught me about posture.

Wow, I feel like I just woke up from a long nap.

They say proper posture helps you play better music.  We’ll see.  In fact, yes, please come and see!  HiDef will be kicking off the fall season

Sept 16 at the Quarter Bistro.

More info to follow.

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Summer is Music Season in Ann Arbor


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Sonic Lunch starts this Thursday with a performance by the MacPodz, and continues every Thursday at noon at Liberty Plaza.  It’s a great way to break up the day and hear some fine performers.  Later in the summer The Ragbirds, Laith Al-Saadi, and My Dear Disco are all performing at SonicLunch.  Top of the Park also hosts some great music this summer:  FUBAR Jul 6, The Ragbirds Jul 8,  and My Dear Disco Jun 18.  Most of the TOP music starts at 8:00 pm.  But the show that I’m really looking forward to is Devo on Jul 6 at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.  (See you there!!!)

On the quieter side, I can recommend solo guitar with dinner every Thursday evening: John E Lawrence is at Boneheads and Jake Reichbart is at Mercy’s restaurant in the Bell Tower Hotel.

And finally, if you want to step out of town, the Concert of Colors Jul 16 – 18 in Detroit will present some of Michigan’s greatest rock and Motown alumni, including Gary Quackenbush and SRC.

Rock On!!!

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Lifelong Learning: Lessons with Larry Coryell


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I first met Larry Coryell at his masters class at the Fur Peace Ranch.  I take the occasional private lesson when geography allows, and I also like to use his DVD’s for refresher lessons.  This morning I went through his “Blues Guitar” DVD again.  It starts with T Bone Walker and BB King licks and winds up with Larry talking about playing over the sharp nine chord (what we used to call “that Hendrix chord” — Foxy Lady!!)  Larry is inspiring because his music is so deep, but also because he has the keen ability to listen to me play, and then tell me what I need to work on next.  If you’re a guitar player, check out Larry Coryell!